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Two-Year Renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat is Complete

Two-Year Renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat is Complete

The three-story, single-family home was built on a hillside in Brno in 1930 for a Jewish family, and it was seized in 1939 by the Gestapo and later used as an office and apartment building. Since 1994,

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New Jersey Ranch Home Marketed As “Tear-Down” is Eco-Renovated Instead

New Jersey Ranch Home Marketed As “Tear-Down” is Eco-Renovated Instead

Rather than tear down the home, the owners wanted to renovate it and avoid sending the materials to the landfill. Located in a desirable location of New Jersey within walking distance of the town and many

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UCLA’s Young Library Undergoes Landmark LEED Gold Renovation

UCLA’s Young Library Undergoes Landmark LEED Gold Renovation

UCLA's Charles E. Young Library was originally designed by A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons in the 60s, but after the turn of the century had become outdated. Rather than tearing it down and

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PHOTOS: Incredible Renovation of London’s Historic King’s Cross Station is Complete

PHOTOS: Incredible Renovation of London’s Historic King’s Cross Station is Complete

As the station was originally built in 1852 and listed as a Grade I facility, the facade had to remain fully intact. The renovation had to carefully and creatively restore and keep this intact while

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Avant Garde Cineteca Madrid Glows With Dozens of LED Tubes

Avant Garde Cineteca Madrid Glows With Dozens of LED Tubes

Cineteca Madrid's library is intersected by a trapezoidal staircase woven with clear plastic tubes filled with energy saving LED lights that give off just enough light to allow visitors to browse an

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Abandoned Grain Silo Converted into Arenc Silo Opera House in Marseille

Abandoned Grain Silo Converted into Arenc Silo Opera House in Marseille

The Arenc Silo was built in the mid 1920s and has held a prominent position near the port of Marseille. For many years, the silo sat vacant and abandoned, but when the neighborhood began undergoing

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Starbucks Transforms Historic Amsterdam Bank Vault Into Custom Hyper Local Coffee Shop

Starbucks Transforms Historic Amsterdam Bank Vault Into Custom Hyper Local Coffee Shop

This Friday, March 9th, Starbucks will open its first European concept store located in a renovated historic bank in Amsterdam. The new new shop is located in the vault of the historic Amsterdamsche Bank,

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Perkins+Will’s Atlanta Office Is Now the Highest Scoring LEED-Platinum Project in North America

Perkins+Will’s Atlanta Office Is Now the Highest Scoring LEED-Platinum Project in North America

Perkins+Will's new Atlanta office is the current record holder as the highest scoring LEED Platinum project in North America under the 2009 version of LEED for New Construction. This super high

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Aiming for Net-Zero Energy

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Aiming for Net-Zero Energy

Frank Lloyd Wright's reverence for the natural world is well documented - the famed architect coined the term "organic architecture," a style of building that blends in seamlessly with the natural world.

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NRJA Proposes to Renovate Historic Latvian Police Station With Pop Up Modern Addition

NRJA Proposes to Renovate Historic Latvian Police Station With Pop Up Modern Addition

A police station built in the early 20th century in Riga, Latvia is hosting a competition to renovate the site, and architecture firm NRJA (which stands for No Rules Just Architecture - just about the

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Health Care Provider Kaiser Permanente Announces 30% CO2 Reduction by 2020

Health Care Provider Kaiser Permanente Announces 30% CO2 Reduction by 2020

According to Kaiser Permanente, health care activities as a whole contribute eight percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions produced in the United States. That’s a surprisingly large number, and

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18th Century Romanian Bastion Transformed Into Green-Roofed Public Center

18th Century Romanian Bastion Transformed Into Green-Roofed Public Center

The complex was initially in a state of disrepair, and the architects took great care in removing cement patches added in the 70s which would have further deteriorated the original brick. The design was

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ANTONAS Wants to Convert Ordinary Buses Into Roaming Hostels

ANTONAS Wants to Convert Ordinary Buses Into Roaming Hostels

ANTONAS suggests that the existing bus should be left untouched on the outside while the interior should be converted into 7 small rooms. There will also be a water closet and a living area, along with

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Project Orange Gives a Traditional Victorian Building a Modern Facelift in England

Project Orange Gives a Traditional Victorian Building a Modern Facelift in England

Extending the building upwards, duplex studio office units have been installed to replace the original pitched roof. Modern and abstract, the new shape of the roof adds a dynamic form to the immediate

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Solar-Powered DomoLab in France is a Candy Cane-Colored Paragon of Sustainability

Solar-Powered DomoLab in France is a Candy Cane-Colored Paragon of Sustainability

The DomoLab's roof is covered with SG solar tiles designed specifically for large installations. It is a freestanding system that is also completely waterproof. This takes care of renewable generation,

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Glass-Clad Mies van der Rohe Gas Station Converted into a Youth & Senior Activity Center

Glass-Clad Mies van der Rohe Gas Station Converted into a Youth & Senior Activity Center

Mies van der Rohe's gas station on Nun's Island outside of Montreal was part of a grand vision for a much larger development. Originally built in 1966, the gas station was designed to be a prototypical

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Guilherme Torres Recycles Brazilian Artist’s Home Into A New Live Work Space

Guilherme Torres Recycles Brazilian Artist’s Home Into A New Live Work Space

Guilherme Torres was attracted to Victor Brecherat's old home because of its compact size (130 m²) and privileged location on one of the most charming streets in the Jardins neighborhood in São Paulo.

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Buenos Aires’ Magnificently Restored Hippodromo Racing Venue Keeps the Old and the New in Harmony

Buenos Aires’ Magnificently Restored Hippodromo Racing Venue Keeps the Old and the New in Harmony

Located in the lush green neighborhood of Palermo, the venue holds a fantastic Beaux-Art tribune that was originally built in 1908 and features an undulating glass facade. With an elegant restaurant

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Brew Tavern and Cafe in Michigan Offers Local Produce Within a 100 Year Old Opera House

Brew Tavern and Cafe in Michigan Offers Local Produce Within a 100 Year Old Opera House

The Opera House's maple floors, yellow masonry and rustic tin ceiling have been rescued and restored creating a friendly and unique atmosphere. Making the most out of the space, Brew will be continually

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The ZAP’ ADOS Skatepark is a Former Peanut Factory Wrapped in Bright Orange Mesh

The ZAP’ ADOS Skatepark is a Former Peanut Factory Wrapped in Bright Orange Mesh

Bang Architects writes that ZAP' ADOS was built along a canal in St. Pierre and extends an urban renewal program initially sparked by La Cité de la Dentelle. Making the project visible was of utmost

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Buenos Aires’ Faena Arts Center Opens in a Renovated Mill With a Colorful Interactive Installation

Buenos Aires’ Faena Arts Center Opens in a Renovated Mill With a Colorful Interactive Installation

The Faena Arts Center opened its doors at the end of last year and now boasts an immaculate marble staircase that takes visitors straight to the main room. A giant photograph of the old machinery room --

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BIG Wins Kimball Art Center Competition With Its Twisting Timber Eco Tower

BIG Wins Kimball Art Center Competition With Its Twisting Timber Eco Tower

Bjarke Ingels loves to ski, so there's no doubt he's thrilled that his firm, BIG, just won first prize to design the renovation and expansion of the Kimball Art Center in Park City, UT. BIG's winning

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Fantastic Seattle Remodel by Atelier Drome Maximizes 600 Sq Ft Home With Smart Design & Storage Solutions

Fantastic Seattle Remodel by Atelier Drome Maximizes 600 Sq Ft Home With Smart Design & Storage Solutions

The Ravenna Remodel by Atelier Drome renovated a 1950s mid-century modern home that was in desperate need of help, bringing it into the 21st century. The project was originally a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home,

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Polyforum Siqueiros Galleries: Home of the World’s Largest Mural Gets a Green Upgrade

Polyforum Siqueiros Galleries: Home of the World’s Largest Mural Gets a Green Upgrade

The Polyforum Siqueiros contains a theater, galleries, and more, but the main focus is the Foro Universal, which contains the interior portion of Siqueiros mural work. The museum received a donation from

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Pombal Castle’s Striking Upgrade Forges a Connection to Portuguese History

Pombal Castle’s Striking Upgrade Forges a Connection to Portuguese History

It was important that the new additions to the Pombal castle property had their own identity without detracting from the existing structure. It was also crucial to make it really easy for locals to get to

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Rustic Parasol Pavilion Pops Up Atop Renovated 14th Century Spanish Castle

Rustic Parasol Pavilion Pops Up Atop Renovated 14th Century Spanish Castle

Built like a floating yet solid canopy above the terrace, these structures are welded together, and galss fills the spaces in between. The ceiling and its supporting steel columns are painted white,

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Historic Baroque Court Apartments Renovated With A Stunning Daylit Core in Ljubljana

Historic Baroque Court Apartments Renovated With A Stunning Daylit Core in Ljubljana

OFIS Arhitekti was hired to design the renovation of the historic Baroque Court Apartments from an office building with an enclosed central courtyard. Located in the old city center next to the City Hall,

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D-Hotel: Historic Belgian Windmill Transformed into a Modern Retreat

D-Hotel: Historic Belgian Windmill Transformed into a Modern Retreat

Both the windmill and inner farmhouse square were built in 1841, and preserved and protected as landmarks. Govaert & Vanhoutte wanted to pay respect to the historic structures while introducing a

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Amazing Stork Nest Farm Features a Gigantic Woven Bird Nest Riding Arena

Amazing Stork Nest Farm Features a Gigantic Woven Bird Nest Riding Arena

Work began on the renovation and rehabilitation of the farmstead back in 2006 so that it could be used for company presentations, corporate events and leisure activities. The farmstead is situated around

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PHOTOS: San Francisco’s Southern Pacific Brewing is a Tree-Filled Beer Sanctuary in a Renovated Warehouse

PHOTOS: San Francisco’s Southern Pacific Brewing is a Tree-Filled Beer Sanctuary in a Renovated Warehouse

Southern Pacific Brewing is the newest brewpub in San Francisco's Mission District, situated in a renovated warehouse a stone's throw off the the beaten path at 19th and Treat. After clearing a year's

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